By any definition possible, the standard of play and the players at the UKFF Charities Cup on Saturday 23rd June , was exceptional.
The invited players each represented a Charity namely the London Coaching Foundation, Communities First Foundation and the BMETV Charitable Foundation.
Representatives from non-league and those associated with professional football clubs were in attendance and they were equally impressed.
With regards to the Tournament each match was closely contested with one match being decided on a penalty shoot out SUDDEN MISS format ie the first team to miss lost the match and that is what cost the team representing BMETV a place in the Final. Ashley Young and Ashley Cole have soulmates at UKFF.
The final was high paced and high quality involving the AFC Wimbledon bound Centre Half Bondon of Communities First and the Herta Berlin departed Davies of the London Coaching Foundation. The final also involved players who have played in the Division 1 in Sweden, Portugal , Ireland, France & Angola. The standard showed why. A word to for Ed Peace who due to injury in the first match had to withdraw and thus missed out on a Gold Medal and a chance to impress. However with the Director of Football coming out of retirement to fill in, the saying that class is permanent was proved once again.
Communities First beat The London Coaching Foundation 2-1 to secure the Charities Cup in a very enjoyable affair.
Pre Season News
Whilst fast track training and/or special athletic assessments will be put in place immediately for some players, as stated previously ,the UKFF FC will starting pre-season trailing from Weds July 11th 7-9pm at a dedicated venue Watch this space. We are also delighted to confirm the management team for both the 1st team and Reserves has been confirmed including Paul Hooper whose career at Bristol Rovers was cut short by injury. If you have missed events so far and are interested, please let us know. Otherwise if you have attended the trials and would like to come along, you are welcome to do so when the venue is confirmed.
Schedule will including a pre-season tournament (Saturday 21st July against the French Academy X1 and Goalgetters Development Squad). Future dates may include Walton Casuals of the Ryman League who have been invited to put out an X1 against UKFF as well as Combined Counties Side Colliers Wood and Surrey Elite Side, Battersea Ironsides.
We have listened to concerns that players feel they have missed out on special and specific assessments with one to one feedback and development advice and so we will set up special day camps –literally all day camps – to give this one to one attention and support. If you are interested in taking part leave a message and we will be in touch with you. This invitation is open to all including those who are already known to us. We will NOT be presuming that anyone or everyone will be wanting to attend, so please do let us know if you would like to be invited. They will take place between July and August 2012. In London and Liverpool in partnership with Real TaTalent run by ex Liverpool and Ireland Phil Babb, who attended the UKFF Tournament in Battersea Park.